Spatial Identity - Mixed media on canvas
Inner spaces represent feelings; mental images of music, color, jewels, embroidery, personal ethnic clothing, henna and patterns from traditional weddings, symbols that are almost within my subconscious state; spiritual maps of my inner being. It is an overlapping, almost dream-like, random spatial imagery and emotion.
My outer space is brought forth in the mapping and overlapping of aerial views, ocean depths and desert like landscapes. Exploring familiar regional architectural spaces through layers, screens, sometimes allowing light and other times just sound and vibration through texture or fine lines. All this is an expression of my life experience. Boundaries, edges and containment of space are at times surrounding me and at times I am left within. There is a feeling of fluid space that flows in form, sometimes bleeding through yet at other times encompassing.
A journey of self-discovery involves an investigation of how these inside, outside spaces relate to my overlapping identity. The eastern influence is made of disorder, confusion, and chaos within formal boundaries and hard edges. There is an underlying cultural logic. Much of life is felt and lived through invisible screens and layers.
The western side has a very formal logical order, which is very giving and loose in nature: flexible, fluid and abstract. The boundaries between the two cultures bleed and overlap. Freedom of thought and expression allows for a bold and clean openness. My work expresses an ebb and flow, abstracted into threads, connecting my inner and outer spaces, fusing, weaving and stitching together the fabric of my being resulting in an overlapping, entwined, layered spatial identity. ~ Natasha Shoro